While perusing through some of the awesome How To blogs at ReadyMade we came upon this gem for how to reinvent a handbag into a solar powered handbag. We loved the solar powered purse by Joe Nynek and thought it was a great way to keep your phone charged in a discreet manner while on the go, so when we saw this DIY guide from solar DJ Mark Farina we knew we had to share it.
Using 1.3 Watt solar panels and a battery, Mark Farina has turned a thrift store find into a solar powered handbag. The battery comes with a series of adapters for most cell phones, allowing you to use the bag to charge your phone even when the sun is not out.
To transform your handbag you will need (in addition to the handbag of course), solar panels, battery, circuit box, a sharp knife, super glue, needle, and thread. The most costly part of this project are the 1.3 Watt solar panels and battery pack, with them weighing in at between $30-$60 and $75, they bring the total cost for the materials for this project, not including the bag, to $110-$170.
What a great way to reinvent a bag that you do not mind cutting into! We love how this project upgrades a thrift store find into something much more useful. While writing this we were already thinking about what bags beyond handbags that we already own that we could solar-up. This mod also has lots of gift potential, how about a solar powered diaper bag for new parents? What bags would you modify?
For the complete instructions check out Voltaic DIY Solar. If you would prefer to not undertake this project yourself, Farina is also taking requests to solar-up your bag.
[images Mark Farina]